Future of the Rapidan Dam
The Rapidan Dam was built over 100 years ago and has been managed by Blue Earth County for the last 46 years. Throughout the years, the dam has experienced regular flooding—the second-highest flood on record occurring as recently as 2019. These flood events and the toll of time have caused significant damage to the dam’s structure and usability.
In 2021, a study was conducted that identified two feasible solutions for the dam’s state of disrepair: repair or remove the dam. Both options have significant costs, and each has its opportunities, trade-offs, and timeframes. The purpose of the Future of Rapidan Dam project is to identify the community’s needs and concerns and use their input on the options to help the County make the best decision for all impacted by the Dam’s future.
Watch the Rapidan Dam: Repair or Replace? video.
Blue Earth County has hosted multiple in-person opportunities to share information on the Rapidan Dam (March 30- June 9 shown below). The survey will be posted through the month of June.
Check out the Virtual Learning Platform below to learn more about both the repair and remove option and share your feedback using the online survey.
The official Rapidan Dam survey period closed on June 30th, but we are still welcoming comments while the results are being analyzed. Your feedback is critical so the County Board can make the best decision for the future of the Rapidan Dam.